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[flawr-id, flor-] /ˈflɔr ɪd, ˈflɒr-/
reddish; ruddy; rosy:
a florid complexion.
flowery; excessively ornate; showy:
florid writing.
Obsolete. abounding in or consisting of flowers.
Origin of florid
1635-45; < Latin flōridus, equivalent to flōr(ēre) to bloom (see florescence) + -idus -id4
Related forms
[flaw-rid-i-tee, fluh-] /flɔˈrɪd ɪ ti, flə-/ (Show IPA),
floridness, noun
floridly, adverb
overflorid, adjective
overfloridly, adverb
overfloridness, noun
unflorid, adjective
2. flamboyant, grandiloquent, rococo; flash, gaudy.
1. pale. 2. plain, simple, unaffected. Unabridged
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  • In the corridor we were joined by Peggy and the florid young man whom I had seen with her.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Her florid face was beaded with perspiration as a result of her efforts.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Laurent, who was tall and robust, with a florid complexion, astonished her.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • On his florid, dbonnair countenance was stamped his character of bon-viveur.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • He was a corpulent, florid man, purse-proud, and self-sufficient.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • The florid gentleman's tone and manner were mollifying in the extreme.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • His face was smooth, full and florid, the hue rather suggestive.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
British Dictionary definitions for florid


having a red or flushed complexion
excessively ornate; flowery: florid architecture
an archaic word for flowery
Derived Forms
floridity, floridness, noun
floridly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin flōridus blooming
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Word Origin and History for florid

1640s, "strikingly beautiful," from French floride "flourishing," from Latin floridus "flowery, in bloom," from flos "flower" (see flora). Sense of "ruddy" is first recorded 1640s. Meaning "profusely adorned, as with flowers," is from 1650s. Related: Floridly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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florid in Medicine

florid flor·id (flôr'ĭd)
Of a bright red or ruddy color. Used of certain skin lesions.

flo·rid'i·ty (flə-rĭd'ĭ-tē, flô-) or flor'id·ness n.
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